1Let us now praise famous men, And our fathers that begot us.
2The Lord hath wrought great glory by them Through his great power from the beginning.
3Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, Men renowned for their power, Giving counsel by their understanding, And declaring prophecies:
4Leaders of the people by their counsels, And by their knowledge of learning meet for the people, Wise and eloquent in their instruction:
5Such as found out musical tunes, And recited verses in writing:
6Rich men furnished with ability, Living peaceably in their habitations:
7All these were honored in their generations, And were the glory of their times.
8There be of them that have left a name behind them, That their praises might be reported.
9And some there be, which have no memorial; Who are perished, as though they had never been; And are become as though they had never been born; And their children after them.
10But these were merciful men, Whose righteousness hath not been forgotten.
11With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance, And their children are within the covenant.
12Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes.
13Their seed shall remain forever, And their glory shall not be blotted out.
14Their bodies are buried in peace; But their name liveth for evermore.
15The people will tell of their wisdom, And the congregation will show forth their praise.
16Enoch pleased the Lord, and was translated, Being an example of repentance to all generations.
17Noah was found perfect and righteous; In the time of wrath he was taken in exchange for the world; Therefore was he left as a remnant unto the earth, When the flood came.
18An everlasting covenant was made with him, That all flesh shall perish no more by the flood.
19Abraham was a great father of many people: In glory was there none like unto him;
20Who kept the law of the most High, And was in covenant with him: He established the covenant in his flesh; And when he was proved, he was found faithful.
21Therefore he assured him by an oath, That he would bless the nations in his seed, And that he would multiply him as the dust of the earth, And exalt his seed as the stars, And cause them to inherit from sea to sea, And from the river unto the utmost part of the land.
22With Isaac did he establish likewise, for Abraham his father’s sake, The blessing of all men, and the covenant,
23And made it rest upon the head of Jacob. He acknowledged him in his blessing, And gave him a heritage, And divided his portions; Among the twelve tribes did he part them.